Folk by the Oak

21st July 2024

Location: Hatfield House, Herts


Review: 2017 2018 2019 2022

Folk by the Oak is a one day event that takes place in the leafy green parkland of Hatfield House. It is just outside London, but feels a million miles away.

They say

From the intimacy of our Acorn Stage to the open air festival buzz of our Main Stage, Folk by the Oak will bring you award winning musicians and inspiring new talent in one memorable day.

Our carefully curated stages are complemented by our lovingly hand-picked caterers and craftspeople. For our younger ‘Folk by the Oakers’ we have a world of creative workshops to discover onsite as well as our dedicated family friendly area.

We want all our smaller Folk by the Oakers to enjoy the festival as much as the grown-ups! We have lovingly gathered together as many magical, unique and imaginative activities for them to discover.

Out and About

Dotted around the festival site are many activities and workshops so be sure to explore everywhere!

In their fun packed space dedicated to family activities you might find:

Slacklining School, Storytelling in the medieval tent, the Lavender Mandala (a patterned sea of fragrance and colour), Climbing Wall, Knot Making Workshops, beautiful organic Henna Designs, Face Painting for all ages, Tiny Healing Gardens, Morris Minors Singing Group, communal Banner Colouring, the chance to create your own enchanted Fairy Doors and wands, Didgeridoo Workshops, super spinners with the Woolly Circus, Nomads Bazaar with Unique, Natural and Creative toys, and last but definitely not least, Bubble Creations from Let’s Make Bubbles!

Food and Drink

One of the things that makes Folk by the Oak stand out is that they actively encourage attendees to bring a picnic and drinks along to enjoy on the grass. A great range of lovely food and drinks providers are, of course, also available.


The music is unsurprisingly folk-inspired throughout the festival, and is perfect for a lazy summer afternoon leading into a lively and upbeat festival finale. Artists have included The Proclaimers, Frank Turner, The Unthanks and Seth Lakeman as well as The Lost Words – Spell Songsthe acclaimed musical companion piece to The Lost Words and The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

Great value tickets, family passes, and under 5’s go free! Early bird prices available until March 31st.